Reviewer:Tie Dye Steve
October 24, 2009 Subject:
I have to check this out
This whole AudioBooks Online is new to me, as I just moved away from a house where Dial Up was all that was available, but I've always been a fan of Mark Twain, and my name is Steve Anderson (with an 'o') so I HAD to download this to listen to at a later date...
Will rate after listening~
September 23, 2009 Subject:
Thoroughly enjoyed the reading
July 20, 2009 Subject:
Wonderfully Dry Humor and Fantastic Reading
I greatly enjoyed this audio book. I was a bit taken aback by the rabid anti-Catholic and anti-monarchy rhetoric which seem odd and out of place today. That said, I don't deny Mark Twain his right to his opinion and I understand that 1889 was a different time. That aside, the book was very funny and the reader did an absolutely fantastic job.
I like many others am familiar with the story through the Bing Crosby film of the same name. It was the happy memorys of that film and the "Busy doing nothing" song that drew me towards this title.
What we have is a rather too long for its content story. The reading runs for 13+ hours and the animated and spirited reading just couldn't save the story for me. The reader gives his all and is very good, yet as stated the rather pointless rambling of the author who makes verbose points through the prose , only to contradict it later rapidly loses sympathy for the main character "the boss".
When the story is moving it is interesting and amusing. It doesnt cause belly laughs but rather causes a small grin to slide over your face.
Overall I found it a bit of a drag as I was constantly fearing another long expostalation of opinions and expressions that the character didn't believe in. There was a little noise on the recording but nothing that would upset the avid listener.
July 24, 2006 Subject:
Theres hardly any need to review Mark Twains novel - you might want to look at any encyclopedia for a more qualified review. This audio book is certainly worth downloading, usually one has already read the book - some dozen years ago. I really enjoyed the audio book, because for me it was the first time to listen to the original (english) text which is, of course, better than even the best translation could be and the recording is understandable easily for non-native speakers.
If you had no occasion to read "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" yet, then don't miss it now! If you only have seen "the movie" (I think there's more than one) be assured that it can't have covered more than an arbitrary part of the book and I seriously doubt, the anarchic spirit of Mark Twain's writing is 100% portable to another medium.